Dexys Midnight Runners

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    • In the bands entire run, there were 17 members all up.

    • The band were named after Dexedrine - a recreational drug during the Northern Soul era.

    • When the band was getting interviewed, they normally wrote the interview (or just the key points) so they wouldn't forget any of it.

    • At most of their shows, Dexys Midnight Runners banned all alcohol.

    • Kevin Rowland stayed in the band the longer then any other member.

    • Their debut album was called Searching For The Young Soul Rebels.

    • Seb Shelton was fired in the middle of making the music video for Come On Eileen. He got fired because Kevin Rowland directed everyone in the band not to wash any part of their body in any way. When he broke this rule, Rowland took action and fired him. This is why he isn't at the end of the film clip.

    • Their first song, Dance Stance (aka Burn It Down), is an attack on anti-Irish discrimination.

    • Out of all the bands members, Helen O'Hara was the only female to ever be part of the band.

    • Two members of the band, Kevin Rowland and Al Archer, were both in The Killjoys, an English punk band.

    • They formed in 1978 by Kevin Rowland and Al Archer.

    • They have been mocked by The Simpsons, saying "you haven't heard the last of them (DMR)." This is a pun on their one-hit wonder status in America.

    • Their song, Come On Eileen, was used in the video game Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection.

    • Johnnie Ray appeared in the video for Come On Eileen. He was also referenced in the first line of the song.

    • Their hit song, Come On Eileen, reached number 1 in both the UK and America.

  • Quotes

    • Kevin Rowland: (when asked what made Dexy's such a special band) The music, plus what we talked about earlier you know what he called it in that documentary? Proletarian ethos. I think that's what it was - that realness. We were a people's group in a way. We were for the people.

    • Kevin Rowland: (when asked if the success of Come On Eileen was a milestone) Yeah. A massive millstone. It was bigger than the group. Geno had done that to us, but this was far bigger.

    • Al Archer: (towards the end of the bands run) I think there was a lot of pressure on Kevin [Rowland] to be a superman - being a front man, being a spokesman, looking good [and what not].